The first purpose-built convention centre to be built in Australia, the Adelaide Convention Centre is situated on North Terrace on the edge of the CBD. It’s nestled within the newly redeveloped Riverbank Precinct which connects the cultural and entertainment venues of North Terrace to the Adelaide Oval across the River Torrens Footbridge.
The Adelaide Convention Centre boasts a magnificent waterfront setting and lies adjacent to the Old and New South Australian State Parliament Houses, the Festival Centre, the Adelaide Casino, the Adelaide Exhibition Hall, the InterContinental Adelaide and the Adelaide Railway Station. It offers numerous different banquet halls, meeting spaces and function facilities to host events ranging from opulent ballroom dinners in its 3,500 capacity Plenary Hall to outdoor gatherings along its Riverfront Promenade. It is equipped with what is known as a "rational cooking system" which enables 4,000 dinners to be served within 20 minutes and is the largest of its kind in any convention centre on the globe. Their menu draws on locally sourced and seasonal South Australian produce, coupled with extensive bar facilities, and for those not attending a function here, Regattas Bistro and Bar is connected to the Adelaide Convention Centre and open to all diners.
The Adelaide Convention Centre is located a five-minute walk from the Adelaide Railway Station, or both public buses and trams stop on North Terrace near its entrance. It’s just a short walk to the west of the South Australian Museum and Art Gallery on North Terrace, as well as the shopping precinct of Rundle Mall.
The Adelaide Convention Centre was originally built in 1987 as part of the Adelaide Station and Environs Redevelopment and has been extended and revamped numerous times since. Its most recent renovation helped connect historic aspects of Adelaide with the Torrens River and saw the project awarded a Royal Australian Institute of Architects Award of Merit in 2002.